NCWLIFE Evening News June 17th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A 67-year-old Moses Lake man had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for injuries he suffered last night in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 90./ East Wenatchee police say they were able to track an iPad stolen from a church to a home on 2nd Street Southeast on Tuesday, and, The state uses vehicles called attenuator trucks to shield road crews from highway dangers and one of those trucks did its job yesterday morning on Interstate 90 near Ritzville.   

But first, our top story tonight. . .

After a short foot pursuit, one of the suspects in a June 5th gang-related shooting in East Wenatchee was arrested Monday in Malaga.

East Wenatchee police say they were assisted in the arrest by the U.S. Marshal Service’s Violent Offender Task Force. Arrested was 35-year-old Armando Valdez-Godina who was tracked to a relative’s home on Bainard Road in Malaga.

A warrant issued last week charges Armando Valdez with three counts of complicity to assault, plus unlawful firearm possession. Witnesses told police they saw the Valdez at the scene of the Ninth Street Northeast shooting carrying a handgun. Several suspects arrived at the residence near North Baker Avenue and opened fire when the occupants returned home.

Valdez is charged alongside 25-year-old Jorge Reyes, and Angel Eduardo Montes, a Wenatchee 16-year-old who’s been charged as an adult. Police say the shooting was gang-related, and more arrests are likely.

A 67-year-old Moses Lake man had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for injuries he suffered last night in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 90.

The Washington State Patrol said Gerald Brooks was riding west of Vantage at milepost 132 about 8:30 p.m. when he veered off the interstate toward the center dirt embankment and was ejected from his Harley Davidson FLHTK. Brooks ended up in a westbound lane of I-90.

East Wenatchee police say they were able to track an iPad stolen from a church to a home on 2nd Street Southeast on Tuesday. At the home, they reported finding about $10,000 worth of items stolen in other burglaries, including another church. Arrested on two counts of possession of stolen property and one count of fraud was 31-year-old Joseph David Lee. He is currently lodged in the Chelan County jail. The East Wenatchee Police Department said the residents at the 2nd Street home were already under investigation for other thefts.

Also on Tuesday, police responded to an overnight burglary at the New Song Community Church on Grant Road in East Wenatchee. Items taken included the iPad and two Apple computers.

Officers already were investigating an earlier burglary at Eastmont Community Church on 4th Street. After a six-hour search of the home Johnson said they found the stolen Apple computers, along with numerous other stolen times taken from five different victims. The recovered property included construction equipment and laptop computers.

The state uses vehicles called attenuator trucks to shield road crews from highway dangers and one of those trucks did its job yesterday morning on Interstate 90 near Ritzville.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said the car collided with the truck as crews were working on westbound I-90. WASH-DOT said nobody was injured in the wreck and the State Patrol is investigating the driver for drowsy driving.

WASH-DOT said such incidents are becoming far too common and reminded motorists to slow down and use caution in work zones.

Coming up next, Recently released unemployment data from the state shows big improvements compared to last year at this time./ Washington State Apple Blossom Administrator Darci Cristoffersen gives us a wrap on this year’s festival, and, After saying in May that there would be no Apple Century Bike Ride this year, organizers have reversed course and said the 34th edition of the popular ride will be held, we’ll tell you when on the other side of the break. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Washington Employment Security recently released data comparing the Wenatchee labor market in April 2020 to April of 2021 and there are significant improvements in the unemployment rates. Nonfarm employment rose by 5,100 jobs (up 12.9 percent) from 39,500 (April 2020) to 44,600 (April 2021). The unemployment rate declined nine and seven-tenths points from 16.1 percent (April 2020) to 6.4 percent (April 2021).

The annual nonfarm job-loss rate of 6.2 percent was a bit faster than the job-loss rate statewide. Leisure and hospitality and local government accounted for 70.4 percent of the 2,900 nonfarm jobs lost last year. The local unemployment rate rose from 5.1 percent (2019) to 8.4 percent in (2020) that’s less than the four and three-tenths points jump in Washington’s rate from 4.1 percent (2019) to 8.4 percent (2020).

The 2021 Apple Blossom Festival wrapped last weekend after a far-from-normal celebration that was held in June instead of April, combined two parades into one and saw the carnival temporarily moved to a city park. Festival administrator Darcy Christopherson talked with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz about the successes of this year’s unusual festival. . .

After saying in May that there would be no Apple Century Bike Ride this year, organizers have reversed course and said the 34th edition of the popular ride will be held September 25th.

The annual ride features 20, 50, and 100-mile options beginning in Wenatchee and traveling through the valley to Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee before winding its way back to Wenatchee’s Walla Walla Point Park. The ride benefits the Wenatchee Sunshine Rotary’s Challenge Scholarship program.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Marley the dog. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Seahawks are in the middle of a mini-camp at the V-Mac in Renton.  Pete Carroll met with the media Tuesday when there was kind of an awkward moment when Russell Wilson interrupted his press conference…

One of the biggest players missing from camp is strong safety Jamal Adams.  He apparently wants to rework his contract and Carroll says they are working to make that happen…

Also absent from the mini-camp is running back Rashaad Penny.  He’s missed most of the past two seasons with injuries and coach Carroll says they want to give him the best chance to succeed in his comeback this season…

The Seahawks are just 58-days away from their first preseason game in Las Vegas against the Raiders.

Justus Sheffield got roughed up by the Twins last night, including former Mariner Nelson Cruz in a 7-2 loss at T-Mobile Park…

Minnesota held a 3-nothing lead in the 5th when Cruz came to the plate and belted the first of two home runs off Sheffield in the inning…

Manager Scott Servais says it was obvious the Twins didn’t want to be shut out for the second night in a row…

Seattle welcomes a very hot Tampa Bay Rays team to town for the first of four games tonight at 7:10.  Justin Dunn will get the start against Rich Hill.

While the Mariners were losing, the top of the division in the American League West was winning.  Oakland brought 11-men to the plate in a 6-run 6th inning to beat Los Angeles 8-to-4.

Jose Altuve continues his hot streak for Houston, hitting two home runs last night in the Astro’s 8-4 win over Texas.  Chas McCormick also hit two dingers for Houston as part of a six home run night for the Stros.

Just a reminder that we have baseball on the air tomorrow night here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

The Wenatchee AppleSox continue its 9-game home stand with the first of three against the Bend Elks.  Eric Granstrom will have the call tomorrow night with the pregame at 6:30 and first pitch at 6:35 from Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.

Around the West Coast League last night, Braden Boisvert and Tanner Smith had back-to-back RBI singles in the top of the 9th for Corvallis as the Knights edged Walla Walla 5-3.

Dominic Enbody scored what proved to be the winning run on a fielding error in the top of the 9th inning for Ridgefield in the Raptor’s 4-3 win over Bend.  The Elks committed 3-errors in the game and none of the 4-runs by Ridgefield were earned.

Daniel Gernon hit his 3rd home run in West Coast League play to help Bellingham beat Port Angeles 9-to-1.

In non-league play, Henry Muench drove in three runs for Cowlitz to help the Bears beat Highline 11-to-3.

Mason Marenco and Corey Jarrell each had 4-hits nights for Yakima Valley as the Pippins beat the Northwest Star Academy 14-to-4.

And in Portland, the Pickles topped the Gherkins 8-to-2.

Coming up today, the Pickles and Gherkins will make up the rain-out from two nights ago this morning at 10 o’clock.  Tonight at 6:35, Port Angeles hosts Bellingham; Ridgefield plays at Bend; Walla Walla entertains Corvallis; Yakima Valley welcomes the Redmond Dudes to town; and Cowlitz hosts Highline.  Then at 7:05, the Pickles play the second half of a day-night doubleheader when the Portland Rosebuds come calling.

There will be some district playoff basketball this weekend in the Big-9, which became much clearer after last night…

Ike beat Davis in girls play last night 56-49.  Tonight, Eastmont, which is the 5-seed, plays at West Valley at 7:30.  The winner of that game will host #7 Wenatchee Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock.  The District Semifinals Friday feature #4 Eisenhower at #1 Moses Lake while #3 Davis plays at #2 Sunnyside.  The winners and losers of those games will Saturday for the District title and the consolation.

West Valley beat Davis 69-48 last night to claim the #1 seed in the Big-9.  That means Eastmont, the #4 seed, will travel to West Valley Friday at 7:30.  Wenatchee, the #2 seed, will host #3 Davis Friday night at 7:30.  The winners Friday will play for the District title Saturday at 4 o’clock.  The losers Friday will play at the higher seed in a consolation game Saturday at 4.

Coming up today in girls basketball, Okanogan hosts Almira-Coulee/Hartline at 5:30.  The 6 o’clock games have Warden hosting Ephrata; Cascade’s at Omak; Cashmere hosts Chelan; Brewster travels to Manson; and Entiat entertains Liberty Bell.

In boys basketball tonight, the Bulldogs and Warriors tip at Okanogan at 7 o’clock.  At 7:30, it’s Ephrata at Warden; Omak hosts Cascade; Chelan travels to Cashmere; Manson hosts Brewster; and Liberty Bell visits Entiat.

District wrestling tournaments are taking place today with the Big-9 boys at Eisenhower at 10 o’clock this morning.  The girls are in Othello at 10.  The North Central Region District is at Tonasket this afternoon at 1 o’clock.

In addition, the district swim and dive meet for the region’s boys is at Moses Lake this afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Thanks Eric

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.